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Critter Chronicles: Cocoa-Prison Graduate

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Cocoa just returned from 12 weeks of training at the Grafton Correctional Institution. He is now a proud Prison Graduate. This is an explanation of the Prison Training Program the dogs go through. Each dog in the program receives approximately six hours of training each day that consists of basic command drills such as sit, stay, recall, socialization with other dogs, exercise walking the compound and play time with primary and secondary trainers that work in shifts over a 24-hour period. The trainers are selected using a strict criteria sheet based on their conduct and court record. They follow the Good Canine Citizenship Course. Each dog has to pass a series of training tests in order to graduate from the program. The average time a dog spends in the training program is 12 weeks.  Cocoa was surrendered to the shelter because his family was having landlord issues. He's a super friendly boy that would love a new family to call his own. Cocoa has always been an only pet but that doesn't mean he doesn't like other dogs. He lived with all the other prison dogs during his training. He thrives on attention and gives it right back. You may not need another dog in your life when you adopt lovable Cocoa. He loves car rides and just hanging out with his human friends. He has great manners is the house too. You will go Coo Coo for Cocoa!

If you have kids and/or another dog in your family and are interested in adopting a Friendship dog please bring them with you for a meet and greet. No appointment is necessary. Stop by anytime during regular business hours.


SEX: Male

NEUTERED/SPAYED: Yes, neutered; shots current

AGE: 7 years old

SIZE/WEIGHT: 50 pounds


ORGANIZATION: Friendship APL of Lorain County, 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035

CONTACT: or (440) 322-4321


For more pets seeking homes, check out the Critter Chronicles column every Sunday in The Chronicle-Telegram. If you work or volunteer for a nonprofit pet adoption agency and would like to see your pets included in Critter Chronicles, please email

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